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Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston

Thought-provoking topics are at the heart of the Jonathan Samen Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations Discussion Series, with nationally known scholars and luminaries. Discuss hot issues, ask questions, and add to the conversation on topical issues viewed through a Jewish lens.

The Jonathan Samen Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations Discussion Series is underwritten by generous donor support. View listing of donors. All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts.

Beginning in April 2015, Hot Buttons discussions will be recorded in partnership with the Forum Network, a joint venture of WGBH and The Lowell Institute.  Videos of each event are posted here and are available online at forum-network.org and other affiliated sites.

View past programs:

Mind the Gap: Income Inequality in America (May 2016) - With Dean Baker, N. Gregory Mankiw, Dr. Kim Weeden and moderator Roger Lowenstein.

Scapegoating: And Then They Came For Me (March 2016) - With Dr. Donna Hicks, Jasmina Dervisevic-Cesic, Ken Gude and moderator Dr. Aleisa Fishman.

Anti-Semitism Today in Europe (Nov 2015) - With Deborah Lipstadt (author, professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University), Diego Ornique (Europe Director of the American Joint Distribution Committee), Andras Borgula (founder of the Hungarian Jewish Theatre in Budapest) and moderator Alan Solomont (former U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Dean of the College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University).

How Judges Judge - The Role of Personal Values in Judicial Decisions (May 2015) - With former U.S. federal judge Nancy Gertner, Justice Salim Joubran of the Supreme Court of Israel, and moderator Frederick M. Lawrence, President, Brandeis University.

Journalists in Jeopardy - Risking it All to Get the Story (April 2015) - With journalists Joe Bergantino, Amir Tibon and Tracey Shelton and moderator Aaron Schachter.

From Conflict to Peace (October 2014) - With Dr. Fran Buntman, Dr. Francis Costello, Bernie Glassman and moderator Tom Ashbrook.

The Future of Gender (December 2016) - With Dr. Norman Spack, Mimi Lemay, Schuyler Bailar, Nick Teich and moderator Idit Klein.


Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 11:15 AM

Arts and fitness classes for all ages begin during the week of January 8. Search digital catalog and register online.

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